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Russian and Slavic Studies: Graduate Program


The department has taken specific actions to develop a comprehensive and sound outcomes assessment system since its 2005 Academic Program Review. These actions include soliciting input from graduate students on a regular basis, frequent curriculum review, and maintenance of alumni data. There are no accreditation or special recognition agencies in Slavic studies, although professional organizations often nominate individual faculty members for special awards. For more information on the department of Russian and Slavic Studies see


A Note on Tracks or Options for Graduate Students

The MA Program in Russian offers two internal tracks: one philological in Language, Literature, and Linguistics (LLL), and one based in area studies, Russian and East European Studies (REES). Both tracks kead to an MA in Russian degree. All students in the program take a core of courses that include language study, linguistics, literary study, and culture.

Languages, Literature, and Linguistics Track

33 units of coursework are required. Within the framework of required and elective courses, students may chose to emphasize literature and culture, linguistics, or language and pedagogy. Completion of requirements includes passing written and oral comprehensive exams. Students may chose to complete an optional MA thesis for no more than 6 elective credits.

Russian and East European Studies Track

33 units of coursework are required; 21 units of RSSS coursework with the possibility of the remaining 12 units selected outside the department in close consultation with the graduate advisorIn addition, students write a mandatory MA thesis for an additional 6 units. Before beginning work on thesis research, students must pass a Russian reading comprehension exam.

 Placement of our MA Russian Students

Our program enjoys excellent placement of students from both tracks in PhD programs, for example, Yale, Princeton, Wisconsin, Michigan, UCLA, USC, University of Miami, University of Kansas, U of Toronto, etc.



Expected Learning Outcomes: 


Department of Russian and Slavic Studies (revised 11/30/14)

MA Student Learning Outcomes

At graduation, students will be able to:

1. Distinguish from each other in the context of Russian culture and history the major Russian literary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries by identifying in writing and discussion major authors, themes, genres, style and values expressed in representative works.

2. Achieve the proficiency of Level I Certificate (TORFL, Russian Ministry of Education) or “Advanced” (ACTFL) by standardized testing in speaking, writing, listening, reading, and grammar according to the proficiency measurements established by of TORFL and ACTFL.

3. Demonstrate, through written and oral discourse, an understanding of Russian literary and other original texts using knowledge of the language that is both linguistic and cultural and at TORFL Level I or ACTFL “Advanced” proficiency.

4. Question, by engaging in critical oral and written discourse, how the larger context shapes individual expression in the past and present by reading critical/scholarly texts actively (e.g. question, disagree, debate, integrate with prior knowledge).

Assessment Activities: 
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    Student Learning Outcomes

    Course in

    the Major











    RSSS 505A or 696C

    (19th cent. Literature)

    Final Paper/Presentation*









    RSSS 505B or 696D

    (Post-19th cent. Literature)

    Final Paper/Presentation*









    RSSS 515 (Oral) and 515 (Reading) and 515 (Structure)

    Final Summative Assessment







    RSSS 910 (thesis)


    or 582 (Syntax) or 696C or 696D

    Final Paper/Presentation*










    *To satisfy the requirements of learning outcomes 1 and 3, students must achieve a grade of B or P or higher on these activities.  The RSSS faculty will develop rubrics to evaluate these activities.  These rubrics will be reliable across time and different instructors to assess these activities.

  • Indirect assessment through MA Exit Survey given on completion of the program (see attachment).
Assessment Findings: 

See file attached below


Change in Response to Findings: 
  • At least once a year, the RSSS Curriculum Committee meets to discuss assessment practices.  Based on its findings over time, and after discussing such findings with the entire RSSS faculty, the Curriculum Committee suggests eventual modifications as needed.

Updated date: Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:22